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August 2006

  • 2006-08-17: Britain to pardon 306 WWI veterans - easier | harder
  • 2006-08-14: Airports ban liquids on planes - easier | harder
  • 2006-08-11: Scientists discover gene to waterproof rice - easier | harder
  • 2006-08-08: Fidel Castro to return to power - easier | harder
  • 2006-08-05: New computer art mirrors viewer’s mood - easier | harder
  • 2006-08-02: Russia issues 5,000-rouble note - easier | harder

July 2006

  • 2006-07-30: Harry Potter star in new naked role - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-27: Israeli military kill UN officials by mistake - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-24: Food companies targeting kids online - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-21: Movie downloads from home coming soon - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-18: Thousands escaping from Lebanon - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-15: Gang violence increases in Sao Paolo - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-12: Zidane - "Italy player called me a terrorist" - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-09: Sophia Loren poses nude for calendar - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-06: North Korea tests seven missiles - easier | harder
  • 2006-07-03: Heavier toys help fight childhood obesity - easier | harder

June 2006

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March 2006

  • 2006-03-18: Activists fight for water in Mexico - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-16: Dubai ruler promises to sell U.S. ports - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-14: Researchers say jogging alone is unhealthy - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-12: Slobodan Milosevic found dead in his cell - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-10: British TV bans Australian tourism ad - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-08: UN boss not doing enough for women - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-06: China increases spending on rural poor - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-04: Toys 'R' Us and Amazon.com part - easier | harder
  • 2006-03-02: Hip-hop is history at American museum - easier | harder

February 2006

  • 2006-02-27: Apple iTunes sees billionth download - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-25: Iraq undergoes biggest unrest in two years - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-23: US Supreme Court OKs drug tea - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-21: Retirement age may be extended to 85 - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-19: World’s first spaceport announced - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-16: Workers in microchip implant trial - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-13: Denmark recalls diplomats over cartoons - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-11: Britney Spears admits baby driving mistake - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-09: Britain's sick day culture - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-06: Americans spending at record rates - easier | harder
  • 2006-02-03: Obesity could be catching - easier | harder

January 2006

  • 2006-01-31: A rocky road ahead for Hamas - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-26: London whale died from dehydration - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-22: Amazon tribe passes geometry test - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-21: Osama bin Laden calls for a truce - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-20: Disney in talks to buy Pixar - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-19: Papuan asylum seekers reach Australia - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-18: Michael Jackson in job interview - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-17: Map shows Chinese discovered America - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-16: Whaling protester in near-miss harpooning - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-15: Londoners offered BLT for SAD - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-14: Tragedy strikes Hajj at Mina - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-13: Wall Street pays record bonuses - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-12: Levi's to make iPod jeans - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-11: India’s lost female generation - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-10: Record snowfall kills 71 in Japan - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-09: Human bird flu spreads to western Turkey - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-08: Pensioner attacks famous work of art - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-07: Microsoft targets Apple iTunes - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-06: Ariel Sharon in critical condition - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-05: Soccer - the world's most exciting sport - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-04: UN suspends international trade in caviar - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-03: Starbucks wins logo case in China - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-02: Crisis: Russia cuts Ukraine's gas supply - easier | harder
  • 2006-01-01: 2005 was a second longer than usual - easier | harder

December 2005

  • 2005-12-31: US teen visits Baghdad to do his homework - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-30: Regional accents are 'bad for business' - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-29: Bolivian leader to halve own salary - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-28: Japanese women to have more equality - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-27: Libya overturns AIDS death penalties - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-26: Disgraced Korean stem cell hero quits - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-25: Hangover cures do not work - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-24: Maradona breaks airport door in anger - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-23: Time Warner picks new president - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-22: Indian policewomen slap dating couples - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-21: Yoga is best for back pain sufferers - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-20: Arab Gulf nations call for nuclear-free region - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-19: Bill Gates & Bono - Time's Persons of 2005 - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-18: President Bush OK'd spying in America - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-17: The Beatles sue EMI for $50 million - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-16: The Asian Economic Community is coming - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-15: Cuba grounds human rights prizewinners - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-14: Self-destructing mobile phone messages - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-13: Japan to resume US beef imports - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-12: Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-11: New life given to Kyoto Protocol - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-10: Draw made for 2006 World Cup Finals - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-09: Coca-Cola unveils new global ad strategy - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-08: “Podcast” is 2005 Word of the Year - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-07: Report highlights maid abuse in Singapore - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-06: New highways threaten giant pandas - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-05: Rice faces questions over CIA prisons - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-04: Brad Pitt to adopt Angelina Jolie’s kids - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-03: Sharp objects allowed back on US planes - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-02: Surprise upswing in US economy - easier | harder
  • 2005-12-01: Woman has first face transplant - easier | harder

November 2005

  • 2005-11-30: Paul McCartney's Beijing Olympics boycott - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-29: Romantic love lasts only a year - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-28: Water supply returns to Chinese city - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-27: Indian breaks hot-air balloon record - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-26: Swim with dolphins to reduce stress - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-25: Vodafone ends $60m Man Utd shirt deal - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-24: UN: Hunger kills 6m children a year - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-23: Working mothers pass on stress to kids - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-22: Australia's death row plea to Singapore - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-21: Bullying an epidemic in the U.K. - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-20: Shocking state of world’s toilets - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-19: Climate change threatens fish populations - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-18: Outsourcing on the increase - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-17: Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-16: International conference on Islam opens - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-15: Keep warm to avoid colds: scientists - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-14: Paul McCartney’s Space Station concert - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-13: 18-year-old elected as US mayor - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-12: Africa gets first elected female president - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-11: Lamborghini to enter Chinese market - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-10: Kyoto Protocol heated bra developed - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-09: Second Saddam Hussein lawyer killed - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-08: Myanmar moves its capital city - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-07: Tobacco company tests "safe cigarette" - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-06: No lesson due to server upgrade.
  • 2005-11-05: No lesson due to server upgrade.
  • 2005-11-04: Samsung Electronics aims to double sales - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-03: Iran to replace 40 ambassadors - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-02: Fifth night of riots in Paris suburb - easier | harder
  • 2005-11-01: No hip-hop fashion for basketball players - easier | harder

October 2005

  • 2005-10-31: Vodafone’s vending machine mobile phones - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-30: China’s death penalty reform - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-29: Nelson Mandela launches comic book - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-28: Tycoon avoids prison over shares scam - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-27: Japan close to allowing female emperor - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-26: Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-25: Fleas have organ-saving antifreeze - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-24: Zimbabwe to get new currency - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-23: Brazil votes on gun ban - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-22: Retire later to live longer - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-21: Film company Kodak loses $1 billion - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-20: David Beckham to defend marriage in court - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-19: Corruption widespread in 70 countries - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-18: Bush & Blair attacked by Mugabe & Chavez - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-17: Amazon region hit by drought - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-16: A new prince for Denmark - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-15: Cannabis may reduce depression - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-14: Chechen rebels attack Russian city - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-13: Croatian homosexuals make a stand - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-12: Eating fish is good for the brain - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-11: Fire destroys Wallace & Grommit history - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-10: Survey shows Mt. Everest has shrunk - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-09: Earthquake kills 3000 across South Asia - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-08: Bible translated for mobile phones - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-07: $10 million for golf’s 15-year-old Wie - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-06: Australians happiest people in the world - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-05: US Army having recruiting problems - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-04: Movies condone drugs and unsafe sex - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-03: Crisis talks for Turkey to join EU - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-02: Terror returns to Bali - easier | harder
  • 2005-10-01: $100 laptop for world’s poor children - easier | harder

September 2005

  • 2005-09-30: Tougher steroid fines for U.S. sport - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-29: Global warming threatens Arctic - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-28: UK hospital bans cooing at babies - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-27: S. Africa’s Mbeki slammed over AIDS - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-26: China regulates news websites - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-25: Half of Europe’s citizens are bilingual - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-24: Violence in Japan’s elementary schools - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-23: Women wash hands more often than men - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-22: Kate Moss axed over drug scandal - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-21: International Car Free Day - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-20: German election turmoil - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-19: New Zealand’s election terror scare - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-18: Baghdad car bomb kills 30 - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-17: Home robots on sale in Japan - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-16: Jennifer Lopez in anti-fur stalking - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-15: Annan pleads for United Nations reform - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-14: OPEC urged to increase oil production - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-13: Warning for “square-eyed” Britons - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-12: Japan’s Koizumi reelected in landslide win - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-11: Pig organ transplants within 5 years - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-10: Breakfast helps girls stay slim - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-09: Egypt’s Mubarak in landslide election win - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-08: Web users going to Wikipedia for news - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-07: Toddlers mimic smoking parents - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-06: Congo conference to save great apes - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-05: US rapper says President Bush is racist - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-04: Missing Australian PM mystery solved - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-03: Bush under pressure over New Orleans - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-02: Iran’s oil revenue “love fund” - easier | harder
  • 2005-09-01: 800 die in Baghdad shrine stampede - easier | harder

August 2005

  • 2005-08-31: Hurricane Katrina kills hundreds - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-30: Landmine elephant gets new foot - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-29: New study says coffee is good for you - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-28: BBC to put programs online - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-27: Paris fire kills 17 immigrants - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-26: China-EU textile talks continue - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-25: U.S. preacher says “take out” Chavez - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-24: Portugal wildfires out of control - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-23: Bird flu spreading to Europe - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-22: 1 million greet Pope in Germany - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-21: Drug giant Merck loses negligence case - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-20: Graffiti and litter linked to obesity - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-19: Long hours hazardous to health - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-18: Russian breaks time-in-space record - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-17: Internet trade threatens exotic animals - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-16: Sharon defends Gaza pullout - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-15: Japan speed-eater triumphs again - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-14: Google delays book scanning - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-13: British Airways strike almost over - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-12: Smog sparks emergency in Malaysia - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-11: Korean gamer dies after 50 hours online - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-10: Record bank robbery in Brazil - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-09: Iran resumes nuclear work - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-08: Celebrity boosts breast cancer action - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-07: Bob Dylan song “changed the world” - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-06: 60th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-05: Al-Qaeda warns of more attacks - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-04: Adidas agrees to buy rival Reebok - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-03: Russia bans America’s ABC TV news team - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-02: Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd passes away - easier | harder
  • 2005-08-01: S. Korean wins Women’s British Open - easier | harder

July 2005

  • 2005-07-31: Irish woman in $135 million lotto win - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-30: Site for beautiful people only - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-29: IRA ends its armed struggle - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-28: Porsche unveils 4-door sports car - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-27: Shuttle Discovery launches successfully - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-26: Philippine president faces impeachment - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-25: Armstrong wins 7th Tour de France - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-24: Koreas joined by first phone link - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-23: London police shoot to kill - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-22: Actor’s ashes to be scattered in space - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-21: The 50 must-see children’s films - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-20: U.S. welcomes India to nuclear elite - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-19: Moscow subway cars to have CCTV - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-18: Disneyland celebrates 50th birthday - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-17: Darjeeling tea pickers continue strike - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-16: London bomb suspect held in Cairo - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-15: “Liquid candy” needs health warnings - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-14: Kenya disposes of disposable bags - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-13: English Church accepts women bishops - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-12: Average worker wastes 2 hours a day - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-11: Hurricane Dennis menaces U.S. coast - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-10: Giant panda born in U.S. zoo - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-09: Sheep suicides cause financial ruin - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-08: Terrorists strike heart of London - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-07: London to host 2012 Olympics - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-06: France’s Chirac rubbishes British food - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-05: Indonesia president slams cohabitation - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-04: Swiss ace Federer cruises to greatness - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-03: Campaign against poverty begins - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-02: Chocolate bars poisoned in Australia - easier | harder
  • 2005-07-01: Spain legalizes same sex marriage - easier | harder

June 2005

  • 2005-06-30: Four dead in Indian “diamond” hunt - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-29: Another shark attack in Florida - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-28: French minister knocks EU expansion - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-27: Rwandan president names gorillas - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-26: Ahmadinejad wins Iranian presidency - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-25: Zimbabwe’s homeless ignored - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-24: U.S. is not losing Iraq war: Rumsfeld - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-23: British royal finances online - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-22: Ex-KKK leader guilty in 1964 killings - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-21: Laboratory-created eggs and sperm - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-20: Indian heat wave kills 200 - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-19: Forty million credit cards hacked - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-18: Tom Cruise proposes in Paris - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-17: Friends help you live longer - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-16: Japan, France to develop super-Concorde - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-15: Saudi king in $32bn divorce case - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-14: UK doctors’ drink/drug problem - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-13: Defeated Mike Tyson quits boxing - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-12: World naked bike ride against oil use - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-11: Japanese student bombs classroom - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-10: Italian hostage freed in Afghanistan - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-09: Ronald McDonald to promote fitness - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-08: Jail possible for Russell Crowe - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-07: Russia to start 24-hour TV news in English - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-06: Oil-rich Gulf urged to help Africa - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-05: Pentagon reports on Koran abuse - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-04: Everest wedding - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-03: Russia warns against WMD in space - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-02: World record 80 years of marriage - easier | harder
  • 2005-06-01: Geldof announces “Live 8” concerts - easier | harder

May 2005

  • 2005-05-31: France rejects European constitution - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-30: Israel to release 400 prisoners - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-29: Time stands still in London - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-28: Japanese WW2 soldiers found in jungle - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-27: S. African capital to have new name - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-26: Caspian oil pipeline opens - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-25: Al-Qaeda’s Zarqawi wounded in Iraq - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-24: Star Wars sets box office records - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-23: “Naked sushi” banned in China - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-22: Sunshine may prevent cancer - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-21: Saddam to sue over underwear photos - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-20: Miss Universe pageant angers Thais - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-19: Television shoes - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-18: Eiffel Tower parachutist dies - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-17: Kuwaiti women get the vote - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-16: Anti-smoking vaccine developed - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-15: The fight for Manchester United - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-14: New mammal species found - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-13: Chimpanzee art up for sale - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-12: The face of Tutankhamen - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-11: First S. American-Arab summit opens - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-10: Women-only cars for Tokyo trains - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-09: N. Korea nuclear weapon tests likely - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-08: Darwinism on trial in American state - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-07: Tony Blair makes political history - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-06: New York WTC redesign - again - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-05: Kenya’s First Lady runs amok - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-04: Journalism becoming deadlier - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-03: Soldier admits guilt over Iraq photos - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-02: US Vietnam mark end of war - easier | harder
  • 2005-05-01: Two dead, 10 hurt in Cairo attacks - easier | harder

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